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Jonathan DeYoung
(jdeyoung81) - F

Locale: New England
Pillows on 09/15/2009 13:16:43 MDT Print View

I have a problem... I usually pack such little gear that at night I have nothig to use for a pillow. My last time out I was hugging a Jet Boil fuel canister (not the most comfy thing).

I am interested in the Montbelle UL Comfy Pillow.

Does anyone have an suggestions or experience with pillow use with the Montbell or any others?

Edited by jdeyoung81 on 09/15/2009 13:17:21 MDT.

Jolly Green Giant
(regultr) - MLife

Locale: www.jolly-green-giant.blogspot.com
Re: Pillows on 09/15/2009 13:22:35 MDT Print View

Have you tried the BPL Flex Air Dual Compartment pillow?

It's actually not too bad, although it is a lot like sleeping on a controlled-inflation plastic bag. It can be made more comfortable with a sleeve of a material that you find comfortable on your face.

It's light and cheap which is a nice combination.

If you want something insulated though, this isn't it.

Jonathan DeYoung
(jdeyoung81) - F

Locale: New England
Pillows on 09/15/2009 13:23:35 MDT Print View

also maybe the Cocoon Ultralight Air Core pillow... it weighs a bit more but I am looking for a compromise in weight (not much weight) to get comfort.

Jonathan DeYoung
(jdeyoung81) - F

Locale: New England
Re: Re: Pillows on 09/15/2009 13:26:41 MDT Print View

I have given though to the BPL pillow... I might end up trying them out because they are inexpensive but I worry about the longevity of them. Do they seem durable enough to hold up for a season?

Jolly Green Giant
(regultr) - MLife

Locale: www.jolly-green-giant.blogspot.com
Re: Re: Re: Pillows on 09/15/2009 13:47:14 MDT Print View

My first thought was that they would fail after a few uses. Oddly enough, of the pack of three, I used one nearly all of last year and I'm still using the same one. I do take care of it and the rest of my gear though, so if you have a tendency to be rough, it might not last. Don't lose the little straw that comes with it to blow it up which isn't always fun to keep track of.

Rick Cheehy
(kilgoretrout2317) - F

Locale: Virginia
Re: Re: Re: Re: Pillows on 09/15/2009 13:55:49 MDT Print View

i use a big glad lock freezer bag with the double zip. I stuff it in my pack in the hydration sleeve with my platy. I put a lid on the platy. Sort of comfortable-ish.

Brad Groves
(4quietwoods) - MLife

Locale: Michigan
Re: Pillows on 09/15/2009 14:02:49 MDT Print View

A roll-top dry bag, same one you used for your sleeping bag and/or clothes, works sorta well...

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Pillows on 09/15/2009 15:09:09 MDT Print View

Someone needs to myog a dual chambered water container so it can serve dual purpose better.

Rick Cheehy
(kilgoretrout2317) - F

Locale: Virginia
Re: Re: Pillows on 09/15/2009 15:30:56 MDT Print View

That's a good idea, It'd be useful while waiting for chem treatments as well.

Jack G
(NomadJack) - F

Locale: Midwest
Pillows on 09/15/2009 15:59:35 MDT Print View

Just returned the Montbell pillow last week. It is single chamber pillow that looks like a three chamber pillow in the picture. I bought some water wings at Menards and put three sections together. It is much more comfortable IMO.


water wing pillow

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Pillows on 09/15/2009 16:22:32 MDT Print View

The MontBell pillow I suggested is the red one , top right end side.
You can blow up the Flexair without the straw, just separate the plastic ends and blow inside. I use my long handle spoon to deflate it, but you could use a peg as well.
As you can see I have made mine out of wine cask bladders and water wings, however the Flexair and the MontBell are more comfortable for me.
Franco
Pillows
These are the pillows that have passed the test, many others (failed experiments or too heavy/bulky) have been given away or become land fill.
One that I still used last year and not in the picture is the stuff sack filled with clothing, we all have one of those. Not that comfortable for me but doable.
As pointed out in a different thread, I thought that I had a problem with tents, jackets and mats but apparently I am well rounded nerd.

Edited by Franco on 09/15/2009 18:51:45 MDT.

Adrian B
(adrianb) - MLife

Locale: Auckland, New Zealand
Re: Pillows on 09/15/2009 16:22:42 MDT Print View

I used to use a MB pillow, they work pretty well for an inflatable.

But now I stick my rain gear in a cuben sack.

Jonathan DeYoung
(jdeyoung81) - F

Locale: New England
Re: Re: Pillows on 09/15/2009 17:56:10 MDT Print View

Thank you all for the great suggestions. I especially like the MYOG for the dual chamber water bladder. That just sounds awesome and I love multi use items. I am going to attempt to come up with a pillow out of the gear i already have (possibly blowing up a empty platy bladder and wrapping it in anything soft that i might have availble. I also like the idea of the cuban sack stuffed with rain gear.

Piper S.
(sbhikes) - F

Locale: Santa Barbara (Name: Diane)
Pillows on 09/15/2009 18:04:10 MDT Print View

I usually have some extra clothing of some sort for a pillow. Often times if it's warm enough, I can take off something I'm wearing and use it as a pillow.

My gloves make a good pillow. And if I need to wear them, my hands in my gloves make a good pillow, too. Which is to say, I can actually sleep with no pillow.

But if all else fails, I've found that taking the empty trash compactor bag I use for my extra clothes and wadding that up and stuffing it under my sleeping pad makes a decent pillow.

If I've brought a novel, that makes a decent pillow, too.

My pack also makes a decent pillow since I use a full-length pad and don't need it down there.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Pillows on 09/15/2009 18:09:00 MDT Print View

Jonathan
If that is the way you want to go, the wine bladders (2 or 4 liters) can of course be used as an emergency water bladder. However for a long time nobody has been able to change water into wine.
I modified the valve on the one in the pic, so that it does not stick out as much. (pulled the valve out, cut an 1/2" or so section and re-glued it)
BTW, if you are storing water in it at night, you will get cold...
Franco

Raymond Estrella
(rayestrella) - MLife

Locale: Northern Minnesota
Montbell UL Comfort System Pillow on 09/15/2009 18:12:47 MDT Print View

Jonathon,

I really like my Montbell UL Comfort System Pillow. I have been using it for about 6 months. I am getting a couple more for my kids.

Dondo .
(Dondo) - F

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: Pillows on 09/15/2009 18:16:40 MDT Print View

Wow, Franco! That IS an impressive collection.

Dondo .
(Dondo) - F

Locale: Colorado Rockies
Re: Pillows on 09/15/2009 18:21:31 MDT Print View

Jonathan, I've been using the Montbell pillow since it came to the US almost three years ago. It's really comfortable for me. When scrutinizing my gear list, it's one of the few items that is off limits.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Pillows on 09/15/2009 20:46:34 MDT Print View

I use a REI pillow a little heavy at 6.5oz but it has a built in stuff sack to ad more clothes for more comfort-SO I use my pillow as my clothes stuff sack. Multi-Use Gear: Pillow-Clothes Bag.

-Jay

Andy Berner
(Berner9) - MLife

Locale: Michigan
Thickest pillow? on 09/15/2009 21:24:54 MDT Print View

Could someone tell me what the thickest pillow is? I sleep with two pillow normally.

Thanks